Many travel companies have realised the potential in the rapidly growing market for single travel and started to sell holidays specially designed for solos. This article will highlight some of the top UK tour operators along with their strengths and weaknesses.
- Solos Holidays
Probably the best-known single tour operator in the UK with a wide choice of destinations all over the world, Solos Holidays specialises in group holidays. It has over 30 years of experience in organising group holidays exclusively for solo travellers over the age of 20.
Solos Holidays offers vacations for age-banded groups, for example (25-45; 30- 59; 45+; all) with a good balance between women and men. They are accompanied by professional tour leaders who usually started as a solo travellers themselves.
The tours sell very quickly, therefore to get a good deal you need to book a holidays well in advance to secure the preferred date and destination.
As one of the biggest UK tour operators, Solos Holidays has a flexible approach and is a great choice for single travellers who don’t wish to travel or attend social events on their own. It gives them a chance to experience new destinations, take part in an activity and socialise with a group of new friends.
Solitair has over 15 years experience providing holidays and trip for solo travellers and therefore prides itself as being the most trusted brand among UK tour operators. When it comes to carefree travel to the most exotic destinations across the globe, Solitair is a good choice and it also allows you to customise your own solo holiday.
Adults of all ages.
Holidays are offered for all adults despite their age which could be a weakness if there is a big age gap in the group, also the holidays could be cancelled if there is not enough interest in a particular vacation.
Solitair is a UK tour operator that offers a variety of packages with the possibility of customising them to suit individual needs and requirements. It give singletons an opportunity to meet fellow travellers before the holiday through the operator’s matching service on its website. Also by registering, you could get to know other single travellers and create your own travel group.
- Just You
This UK tour operator offers escorted tours in more than 40 countries and specialises in touring holidays. The tours are all about enjoying new destinations with other like-minded solo travellers and each tour is assigned a professional tour manager.
Just You is a relatively new company created in 2005, however it is a part of Page & Moy Travel Group which has over 50 years experience in organising escorted tours. In 2009 the company introduced all-inclusive holidays for singles giving them the opportunity to relax in the sun.
Everyone – the minimum age of participants permitted on worldwide, European coaching, rail, and touring America and Canada holidays is 12 years old. The minimum age on walking and activity holidays is 18. There is no minimum age on European resort-based flight holidays.
All holidays featured in the Just You brochures are subject to availability and most of the prices are based on two people sharing a twin or double room, the single supplement may be applied unless otherwise stated.
The tour operator has launched the Just You Community website where you can ask for advice from people who have been to your destination before. You can also find out who will be joining the tour and ask questions. After your trip you can upload your pictures and post some testimonials.
- One Traveller
The company was created in 2007 with the aim of giving single travellers the opportunity to go away with like-minded individuals in a safe environment. It offers escorted holidays for mature travellers.
One Traveller’s philosophy is to, “bring small groups of mature single travellers with a lust for life together on the same great holiday in a non-dating environment” (onetraveller.co.uk).
The company targets for mature single travellers with the age group being 50+.
To make a booking you need to send an email or make a call. Women usually outnumber men on holidays. According to the company’s website in a typical group of 25 people two-thirds are female.
The company offers small group sizes so single travellers can enjoy a more personal experience and freedom. It’s possible to travel with a friend if are not confident about travelling alone for the first time. The holidays include flights, many excursions, most meals, transport and the services of an experienced Tour Manager.
Some companies specialise in particular destinations and have an expertise in different fields. If you plan to go on a holiday by yourself, choose the operator that best suits your needs.